For more than 40 years, studies have linked the use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer. Because of this, it has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks of its products containing talcum powder, including Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, but did not warn users about the dangers of using these products for personal hygiene.
Women who have used these products and were later diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be entitled to file a talcum powder lawsuit to seek compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer
For decades, researchers have studied the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The results of these studies indicate that when talcum powder is used for personal hygiene near the genitals, it can travel to the ovaries and become embedded in ovarian tissue.
Although talc is a natural mineral, it is difficult to remove the particles from the body. Over time, and with repeated use of the products, inflammation can occur and cancerous tumors can form.
This link was first presented by a study published in The Lancelet Journal in 1971. In this study, researchers found that a significant number of ovarian tumors had talc particles embedded deeply within them.
In 1982, researchers found a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer among women who used talcum powder for female hygiene during ovulation.
Since then, more than 20 additional studies have been conducted, the majority of which have come to similar conclusions about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
The most recent study, conducted in 2013, analyzed eight case studies and found that women using talcum powder near the genitals have a 20 to 30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who do not use talc-based products.
The issue is so well-known that the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute consider the use of talcum powder near the genitals to be a risk factor for developing ovarian cancer.
Despite more than 40 years of findings, Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talcum powder products refuse to acknowledge the link and continue to fail to warn consumers about the dangers presented by their products.
Successful Talcum Powder Lawsuits
In recent years, more than 1,000 women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claiming that the company failed to warn consumers about the risk of developing ovarian cancer when using its talcum powder products Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower.
A number of these cases have been successful in recovering much-deserved compensation for victims and their families.
In 2013, a jury concluded that Johnson & Johnson should have warned women about the risk of developing ovarian cancer while using its products for feminine hygiene. In the lawsuit, the woman alleged that she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for more than 30 years.
In February 2016, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million after a jury determined that a woman’s daily use of the company’s products for 35 years directly caused her fatal ovarian cancer. The company paid $10 million in compensation and $62 million in punitive damages, which were meant to punish the company for its carelessness.
Most recently, in May 2016, a Missouri jury awarded a woman $55 million after agreeing that her ovarian cancer was a result of frequent use of Johnson & Johnson’s products.
Many women have also chosen to join a class action lawsuit to recover the costs of purchasing the products. For many women, however, it may be more beneficial to file an individual talcum powder lawsuit in order to recover additional compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact us today to find out if a talcum powder lawsuit is right for you.
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If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lynch Law Firm, PC can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
We believe in holding corporations accountable for the harm they cause to consumers and have the resources and skills to do just that.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss filing a talcum powder lawsuit. We will work to help you get the compensation you deserve at no cost to you. We work only on a contingency fee basis and charge no upfront costs or legal fees unless you recover compensation.